Tysons Startup Safire is Making EVs Safer with a New Lithium-ion Technology

When Safire Technology cofounder Mike Grubbs describes the technology of his startup, he turns to an unanticipated source: a cornstarch and water mixture.

“Upon an impact, cornstarch and water change from a liquid to a solid instantaneously,” Grubbs told Technical.ly. “What the Safire technology does is the additive that goes into that, liquid electrolyte, for the lithium-ion battery, it has the same effect. On an impact, it instantaneously changes from a liquid to a solid.”

In the everyday world, that idea can be used within a sector that’s growing in popularity — electric vehicles (EVs) — to prevent fires and explosions.